2015 is just around the corner. I am already thinking about our traditional dish of black-eyed peas to bring in the New Year. Having black-eyed peas is an old southern tradition thought to bring prosperity and good luck to the coming year. The New Year dinner is served with your choice of greens (spinach, collard, turnip, cabbage, etc.) representing paper money, peas representing coins and cornbread representing gold. Hoppin’ John is one of my favorite (and easiest) dishes served with a bowl of rice.
What other ways can I plan for to have a prosperous, healthy and happy 2015? Here is my top ten.
- Saving money should always be at the top of my list for emergencies, retirement, vacation and large purchases. Always try to pay yourself first.
- Look for ways to save money by clipping coupons, bargain shopping and yes, (a shameless plug here) using my Rewards card to earn points for trips and merchandise!
- Take stock of my overall financial health. What are my current interest rates and how much am I paying in fees?
- Start each day with a positive attitude and smile.
- Try to have a positive impact on at least one person’s life on a daily basis.
- Reflect on what I am grateful for each and every day.
- Spend more time reading a good book and less time watching TV. (Do you ever find yourself watching something and thinking afterwards, “Why did I watch that? Now there is an hour of my life I won’t get back!”)
- 8. Make healthier food choices and definitely work on portion control! (The 5 pounds of fudge I made for the holidays can quickly become 10 pounds when I eat more than I should.)
- Exercise and walk more. Park further away wherever I go, take the stairs when I can and take time on occasion to enjoy Riverfront Park on my lunch.
- Last but not least, enjoy the time I spend with family, friends and you!
I hope you all have a wonderful, prosperous, healthy and happy New Year.
Susan Blain – President and CEO